INTERACTIVE WRESTLING RADIO INTERVIEW -"The Whole FN' Show" Rob Van Dam

Rob Van Dam is a modern superstar in the WWE. And, he joins James for 45 minutes! This is unheard of!

Hear RVD talk about WCW, ECW, the WWE, and so much more!


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ROB VAN DAM

-- He was a huge wrestling fan as a child and at the first show he attended somebody advised him to go into the business when he hit 18, so that's what he did.

-- A local kick boxer had a wrestling ring, and the guys who wanted to use it had to go through a rigorous kickboxing workout before they were allowed to wrestle in there. Aged 18 Rob hit a wrestling school and was trained by the original Sheik.

-- The name Rob Van Dam (Rob's real name is Rob Szatkowski) was given to him by a promoter names Ron Slinker, whom he met in the USWA. He was then Rob Van Dam on television in Florida, and really wanted to use the name long term.

-- Slinker then also got RVD his WCW tryout in 1992, and suggested the name Robby V as they wouldn't let him use Rob Van Dam. He never lost a match for a couple of months in WCW, until he was leaving to go to Japan. His first loss was against Vinnie Vegas, in what Rob calls 'a TV title tournament or something'.

-- When he went to All Japan Pro Wrestling in 93 he realised that he would have a job for life should he want, but he came back to WCW. When he returned, Ole Anderson was in, Bill Watts was out, and there wasn't such an interest in Robby V, so he just said thanks and went to work the Indy's.

-- Rob felt that during his time in WCW he was very 'green' (inexperienced), and he didn't really notice any of the stuff that might have been going on around him. He can't even really compare how it was then to how it is in WWE now, as it was such a long time ago that he barely recalls it. The one thing he can say is that it's definitely bigger now - when he was in WCW and they ran 2/3 shows a night, sometimes there'd be only 75 people in the crowd.

-- On the issue of a recent interview in which Lodi named RVD as one of 5 people he was in a room with when he was offered drugs backstage at a WCW event, but failed to name who was offering the drugs, RVD just said that Lodi has the right to offer his memories to make them more special, but he has no clue about the incident.

-- Talk turns to a future autobiography from RVD. There are definitely plans, but he doesn't feel he could write one whilst he is working with these people as he think's he'll 'p*ss them off'. Not on purpose, just through the stories he has and will be telling.

-- The very first day Rob walked into the training facility where Sheik trained him (weighing 185/190lbs), Sheik threw him in the ring with Sabu. Sabu ran tests on him for leverage and balance etc, and he was accepted in for training.

-- Sabu talked to Paul Heyman about using RVD in ECW, and Paul agreed to let Rob come in for an ECW Philadelphia TV taping. He wrestled Axl Rotten in his first match, and must've done something right as he kept coming back.

-- Rob says he popped in a tape of some old ECW matches with Jerry Lynn the other night, as a friend wanted to see some old ECW stuff. Rob feels the best stuff he can show somebody is himself vs. Jerry Lynn, as he considers it his peak.

-- He feels that he works his ass off nowadays, but not in the ring, as the work now is in the travelling. He used to wrestle for 30 minutes, but now he's usually limited to 6/7. If he has 12 minutes, then it's like 'wow'. He's away from home for hundreds of days a year, and doesn't see his wife for all that time he's away unless he takes her with him.

-- Rob said he felt that the reason he was never the Heavyweight champ was down to two things, 1). If the company had been around for longer he probably would've gotten his chance because he was the biggest draw in the company at that time, and 2). You have to have your eggs not all in one basked. Rob felt that he made the TV title more special than the World title, 'because it's never a good idea to have a one man show'

-- Right now, when he hears 'RVD 4:20' he feels a tremendous sense of nostalgia, and he knows that when people say can he write 4:20 on something, a). it means they're a fan of 4:20, and b). they're a fan from that time-period.

-- During his time in ECW, he was offered to go back to WCW but he rejected it as he felt ECW was the place for him. He thought ECW was gonna be around forever and he'd never have to go anywhere else. He wasn't surprised at the end when it finally closed, but felt there were ways to stop happening right through until the end.

-- He was unhappy in ECW when the money he was owed built up so much that he knew it could never be paid off. A common mis-conception was that people were flat broke whilst working in ECW; whilst that isn't true (he was getting paid for certain things), he was at the top of the list so people below him had it worse.

-- It came to a time that Rob and Paul both knew RVD was leaving, so Heyman had to have RVD 'pass the torch' of sorts. Rob had seen Paul do it in the past with Sabu, and he only came back for the last PPV because he was paid up front.

-- When Rob heard about Mark Madden doing the RVD fingers, and calling himself 'the only Mr. Monday Night that's actually on Monday night TV' he thought that 1). He was probably a big fan of his, and 2). He was a geek. If it was meant to compliment him, he didn't really take it that way - as he says he just thought, 'what a geek'.

-- He misses his ECW entrance music by Pantera, but likes the One of a Kind entrance he uses now much more than what they had him coming out to when he first debuted. His old music and everything reminds him of back when he was 'the whole f**king show, not the who damn show - and believe me, there's a difference'.

-- After ECW and working the Indy's for a period of time, there was the chance of a meeting with WWE about working with them, and then bang, after that meeting, there he was.

-- Van Dam says he answers the claims that when he came into WWE he was working too stiff by saying it was the way he was trained and then the way he was conditioned on his first tour of Japan. He worked the Hardcore title during his early stages and so if people don't know that they take the Van Daminator on the nose and not on the eye, they're going to get busted open. The hardcore style encourages blood and when he had to start using his fists and feet busting somebody open.

-- He said the Hardcore title was his favourite in WWE. After holding the 'Intercontinental, and I've had the whatever, European, tag belts', he think he added a lot more credibility to the Hardcore belt than anybody planned and he thinks that's the reason we don't see it anymore.

-- 'It's cool to be the champ', in regards to the IC title, but Rob says that as soon as he won that, fans ask when are you gonna get a shot at the World title.

-- When asked about his match with Randy Orton at Armageddon and if he feels he's going to be used as a stepping stone to put Orton over (a question which has mysteriously disappeared from the audio'), RVD said that he's got a job to do and he's going to do it well, so of course Orton's going to be put over - he's working against Rob, Van, Dam!

-- Since Shane McMahon and Kid Kash have copied the Van Daminator/Van Terminator, if he was back in ECW he would've had to better himself and out-do what he had done before. But today he doesn't really have that same drive as he did before. But has he got anything planned to 'unleash' at the next Pay Per View? He's 'got RVD to unleash'.

-- He says that it's no so much a restriction on him to not use certain moves, more that it's a different atmosphere, different group of wrestlers and most importantly, different ropes. In ECW the risk meant a lot more, but nowadays it's not so much the risk - he doesn't wanna 'slip or take the chance of f**king up'. On another note, he cant do the Van Daminator every night as the chair is illegal in WWE, and plus, he's not going to waste a Van Daminator on a 4 minute match.

-- The 2nd most requested question from fans - what's the status of RVD with WWE, and does he want to work for WWE or TNA? His answer - whilst he hasn't hit the whole 'negotiations starting' phase yet (he still has that to look forward to), Rob knows that WWE wants to keep him, and he wants to work with them with a deal everybody's happy with - mostly him J.

-- On the topic of NWA:TNA, for him, he appreciates TNA and hopes they do well. He wants them to build up to a larger level than people are expecting, and that other groups pop up too. Whilst Rob doesn't see anybody building up to be competition to Vince, he says it's important for there to be other selection for wrestling fans. He has a lot of friends who don't have a contract for WWE, and he hopes that they have a good place to work as well.

-- We then move on to talk about Rob's new store, 5 Star Comics. He's been a fan of comics all his life (even though he tried to get rid of it, and cleared out his comics in the past - something he kicks himself for now), and tries to catch comic stores in each town, so it was a natural progression to open up a store.

-- He has a superstar there every month to sign autographs and whatnot, something that 'those other comic stores' cannot supply. They had Booker T there the first month, RVD the second, Rey Mysterio, Tajiri and this month Ivory's coming in on her birthday, and Lita the following month.

-- Rob then, at the request of Daniel, runs for a business card to get some specific information on the store. The address is 131 Lakewood Centre Mall, Lakewood, California, 90712 (right by Target, cause they're in a big mall), and the phone number is 562 531 3553.

-- Rob says it's half comics, and half wrestling merchandise so even if you're a casual comic/wrestling fan, it's a great place to check out as there's a great chance you'll find something you have a want to buy - and don't forget, Christmas is just around the corner!

-- The website, http://www.5starcomics.com will be open fully very soon. You can check it out now, but it doesn't have all of the cool things like ordering online, etc just yet. Therefore, we at TII advise you to check it out and bookmark it for future reference.

-- One of our listeners met Rob at 'Comic-Con' earlier this year at his booth (the weekend before the opening of RVD's 5 Star Comics), and whilst Rob says he tries to go every year, planning so far in advance is a trouble when you're on the road as much as he is.

-- We then play Word Associations with names such as Bill Alfonso, Tommy Dreamer, Hayabusa, Ric Flair, Paul Heyman and Vince McMahon.

-- And finally, when asked if he knows who he'll be facing at WMXX and who he'd like to face, Rob says he doesn't know who it'll be name wise as he's the 'last person to stick his head round the door' of a production meeting, but if he could choose he'd go against Christian in a Ladder match for his IC Title.

-- We then run into our after-show segment announcing future interviews as well as talking about our upcoming 50th interview in the upcoming 7 days.